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Ken Hohman's Best Releases of 2010

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Year end lists seem to overlook so much, but in a way that's a good thing. After all, it means that good jazz is plentiful these days. The truth of the matter is I spent a great deal of 2010 exploring all the overlooked releases from the past two years. And with so much jazz being released under artist-run online labels, cobbling together a list is all the more trying. Nevertheless, here's my cream of the crop in a year full of fine jazz. Listen and love it:

  1. Jim Corpolongo, Get Happy (Delmark Records);

  2. Wynton Marsalis
    Wynton Marsalis
    Wynton Marsalis
    b.1961
    trumpet
    Quintet/Richard Galliano
    Richard Galliano
    Richard Galliano
    b.1950
    accordion
    , From Billie Holiday To Edith Piaf: Live In Marciac (Rampart Street);

  3. Geri Allen
    Geri Allen
    Geri Allen
    b.1957
    piano
    , Flying Toward The Sound (Motema Music);

  4. Brad Goode
    Brad Goode
    Brad Goode
    b.1963
    trumpet
    , Tight Like This (Delmark Records);

  5. Brandon Wright
    Brandon Wright
    Brandon Wright

    saxophone
    , Boiling Point (Posi-Tone Records);

  6. Rex Richardson
    Rex Richardson
    Rex Richardson

    trumpet
    , Magnum Opus: 21st Century Trumpet Concertos (Summit Records);

  7. Tia Fuller
    Tia Fuller
    Tia Fuller

    saxophone
    , Decisive Steps (Mack Avenue);

  8. Jason Adasiewicz
    Jason Adasiewicz
    Jason Adasiewicz

    vibraphone
    , Sun Rooms (Delmark Records);

  9. Assaf Kehati
    Assaf Kehati
    Assaf Kehati

    guitar
    Quartet, A View From My Window (AKJazz);

  10. Mostly Other People Do the Killing, Forty Fort (Hot Cup Records).

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